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Museum Wayang
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Private Tour: The Old Batavia Trail from Jakarta
Ranked #20 of 269 things to do in Jakarta
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum exhibits a great many wayang kulit, two-dimensional puppets used in the ancient art of Javanese storytelling.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2013

My ratings for museums correlate with the price paid to enter. Considering this museum cost all of $0.40, I didn't expect much.

The Museum Wayang isn't very big, but it does have some very interesting and odd looking puppets from Indonesia history. Definitely worth checking out. There is also a nice courtyard in the middle.

They are renovating the second floor so I can't comment on all of it, but there were some larger puppets there, as well as puppets from around the world which I found less interesting.

Definitely worth checking out for 30-45 minutes in Kota Tua.

Visited December 2013
Thank Andrew H
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Love this Old Building...”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Entrance is only 5000rupiah..around Kota Tua area..I just love the interior of this building..old nice cosy..you see alot of puppet around Indonesia n some around the world..Worth to visit...

Visited November 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Nice place but could have been better presented”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

It's right across the famous Cafe Batavia, anyone comes to Kota Tua for a dose of yesterday should not miss seeing this museum. Lots of shadow puppets on display. However, most part of the building is not air-conditioned, it can be quite stuffy. Also there is insufficient lighting and very small signs in English. Bring a small torch just to lit up the description for each item just so you can read them more easily. When I went there, they were live gamelan and singing performance, a real treat! The souvenir shop is a little sad though.

Visited November 2013
Thank la_speranza
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“a slice of history in Jakarta”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

interesting but small museum, probably the only place where you can find traces of culture in Jakarta.

Visited October 2013
Thank Roger M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Worth my sunday”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We were lucky to visit Indo on Sunday, since we had a chance to visit this place.
Very nice museum and the historical value.
I loved the traditional atmosphere. The puppets were mainly from Indonesia. They expressed their tradition and their customs very well.
I really loved it. Somehow, they helped me to love more Indo people, Indo country and Indo tradition.
It is a should-be.

Visited June 2013
Thank Cindy O
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